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3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hilary Mantel Narrator: Patrick Moy Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2014 ISBN: 9781470366766
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London, 1782—the center of science and commerce, home to the newly rich and the desperately poor. In the midst of it all is the Giant, O’Brien, a freak of nature, a man of song and story who trusts in myths, fairies, miracles, and little people. He has come from Ireland to exhibit his size for money. O’Brien’s opposite is a man of science, the famed anatomist John Hunter, who lusts after the Giant’s corpse as a medical curiosity, a boon to the advancement of scientific knowledge.

In her acclaimed novel, two-time Man Booker Prize–winning author Hilary Mantel tells of the fated convergence of Ireland and England. As belief wrestles knowledge and science wrestles song, so The Giant, O’Brien calls to us from a fork in the road as a tale of time, and a timeless tale.

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  • 3.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 53.333333 out of 5 Hummingbird | 9/18/2017

    " The author hits you over the head with how horrible life was; the characters, surrounded by death and decay, are mostly either witless fools or people who take advantage of witless fools; she delights in rubbing our noses in the smells of sickness and death. "

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About the Author
Author Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel is the two-time winner of the Man Booker Prize for her bestselling novels, Wolf Hall, and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies—an unprecedented achievement. The Royal Shakespeare Company recently adapted Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies for the stage to colossal critical acclaim and a BBC/Masterpiece six-part adaption of the novels will broadcast in 2015. The author of thirteen books, she is currently at work on the third installment of the Thomas Cromwell Trilogy.

About the Narrator

Patrick Moy is an Irish actor best known for his roles in The Daisy Chain, The Meeting, and The Big Bow Wow. Born and raised in Dublin, he attended medical school for three years before moving to London to train as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.